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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 5th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 5th  2021

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards


Kent v Northamptonshire           

Kent 330 - 5

Northamptonshire 392

Close - Kent trail Northamptonshire by 62 runs with 5 wickets remaining

Ollie Robinson hit a century and claimed the 100th catch of his career as Kent fought back on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Northants at Canterbury.

The wicketkeeper hit 120 from 119 balls, including 16 fours and three sixes as Kent reached 330 for five in reply to Northants 392 all out, a deficit of 62. Jordan Cox was Kent’s next highest scorer with 90 and Joe Denly made 63. 

Simon Kerrigan took two for 80 as Northants took a cluster of late wickets, but barring a sporting declaration tomorrow the match is almost certain to end as a draw.

Earlier Darren Stevens took five for 77, the 31st five-wicket haul of his career, and Matt Quinn claimed four for 86 as Northants added just 30 runs to their overnight score of 362 for five, following a delayed start.

Saif Zaib fell to the fifth ball of the day, edging Stevens behind for 21 and becoming Robinson's 100th victim after a brilliant one-handed dive. Tom Taylor was lbw for 25 in Stevens’ next over and Quinn then took two wickets from three balls, getting Nathan Buck caught behind for four and removing Gareth Berg, caught by Jack Leaning at first slip for 10.  

Northants missed out on a fourth bonus point when Stevens had Ben Sanderson caught behind for four and Kent’s openers responded with their first century stand of the season. 

Robinson, dropped on 48 by Berg, reached his century when he steered Berg through point for four.

He then hooked Berg for a third six over long leg and finally fell lbw to Buck, a split-second after a car alarm went off, although he didn’t appear to be distracted. Cox reached his third half-century with a glanced four to third man and subsequently smashed Kerrigan for a six into the top tier of the Frank Woolley stand.

Denly was dropped on 38 when he edged Taylor to second slip, only for the ball to crash into Berg’s ribs. He passed 50 by smashing Kerrigan over the Woolley stand, before Kerrigan finally tasted success when he trapped Cox lbw. Rob Keogh had Denly caught at deep square leg by Zaib and Daniel Bell-Drummond was lbw to Kerrigan for 19. Zaib then had Leaning caught behind in the penultimate over for 24.

Kent’s Ollie Robinson said: “I feel like it’s been a bit of a long time coming.  I feel like I’ve been pretty good this year and haven’t quite got the score I wanted, but I’ve got it today so I’m pretty pleased. The celebration was a bit of everything really and my Dad was here as well so it was nice for him to see it. There was a bit of relief and a bit of excitement in it.  

(On his attacking approach.) “That’s the way I play, if it’s there to hit I’m going to hit it!” 

(On a difficult week after getting confused with his Sussex namesake) “It’s something that I don’t want to get caught up in, it’s something I’ve been dragged into and it’s not my fault, but hopefully today I’ve made my own headlines and kind of put that to bed.” 

Northamptonshire coach David Ripley said: “There was a lot of talk this morning about our strategy to get that batting point under our belt, which seemed straightforward given where we were this morning but then got a bit harder. Robinson played very, very well and before you know it we’ve come second best today. 

“With the eight points for the draw I think the idea of us setting up some kind of false run chase will not really happen. There’s too much work to do to get to that so it’ll just be can somebody win (by thinking) a little bit outside the box.” 



Essex vs Nottinghamshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Nottinghamshire 293 lead Essex 180/7 by 113 runs

Brett Hutton returned to Nottinghamshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship side to claim three wickets to leave Essex in trouble at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Fast bowler Hutton had only played once previously this season but ripped up the Essex top-order, leaving the hosts 15 for three, and eventually returned three for 48.

Tom Westley led the recovery with a patient 71 as Essex climbed to 180 for seven in a match which is likely heading towards a draw.

Earlier, Simon Harmer had taken the last four Notts wickets to end his barren run as the visitors were bowled out for 293.

Notts, led by Joe Clarke’s 67 and Liam Patterson-White’s 31, kept Essex out in the field for an hour and a half as they garnered a second batting point before Harmer wrapped up the tail.

Harmer, who has now taken 38 wickets this season, hadn’t taken a scalp for 441 balls, across four matches, but claimed four for 16 in 7.1 morning overs.

Clarke hoicked across the line to wide mid-on, Patterson-White – having been dropped twice – was bowled, Luke Fletcher swung to deep midwicket and Hutton was lbw while sweeping. The last of which gave Harmer his 250th Championship wicket.

Nick Browne and Alastair Cook were given half an hour to negotiate before lunch, a period which proved catastrophic for the hosts.

Hutton and Fletcher found good nip with the new ball in the seven overs as Essex’s response imploded.

Browne nervously prodded at a Hutton ball which threatened to seam back to give Tom Moores a straightforward catch.

The bowler-wicketkeeper combo united again two overs later as Cook was drawn into a front-foot drive to an away swinger.

Fletcher joined in the fun to have Michael Pepper caught brilliant behind to leave Essex mulling over their food on 15 for three.

Westley repaired the slump by putting on 55 with Paul Walter, 38 with Ryan ten Doeschate and 35 with Adam Wheater, but substantial runs proved difficult to come by on a wearing pitch.

The captain, the county’s top scorer this season with three centuries along with nine single-figure scores, used his grit to reach a 124-ball half-century.

But other than Westley, Essex’s batters struggled to get in. Walter was bowled through the gate by Patterson-White, having stuck around for 84 balls, and ten Doeschate edged Hutton to a wide first slip.

Westley finally departed after almost four hours when Patterson-White bowled him with a turning beauty, before Wheater pulled to deep fine leg next ball.

Harmer and Shane Snater made sure there were no more incidents with an unbroken 37-run stand, with the follow-on target passed.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath:

“We’ve got to get as many points as we can and get as close to their total. It was a good partnership between Shane and Simon and the end but the new ball in the morning will be a challenge.

“The shame for both teams was the full day of rain yesterday but the pitch will turn so you never know. The last few years has taught us not to take any situation for granted.

“We knew it was going to be tough to score because of their innings but when you lose early wickets you aren’t just rebuilding but if you lose another couple you are in real trouble.

“Tom played beautifully there for a really important innings. His hard work made it a bit easier for other batters later on.”

 

Nottinghamshire fast bowler Brett Hutton, who took three for 48:

“We’re really happy. We set out to make it a really hard attritional day of cricket knowing what the pitch was like. We controlled the run-rate and we got our rewards.

“Knowing the history of the ground we knew every run in the first innings is massive, and eking out a couple of extra runs gives up a bit of extra breathing space.

“I’m really happy with the way I bowled. It was one of those days where I was in a nice rhythm.

“We will try to do the same things tomorrow. We’ll keep it as simple as we can and take it session by session and let the game show us what is going to happen.” 


Worcestershire v Durham

Worcestershire 131 all out and 336 all out

Durham 381 all out and 89 - 0

Result - Durham win by 10 wickets

 

Worcestershire opener Jake Libby’s third century of the summer was unable to prevent Durham from triumphing by 10 wickets on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

Libby struck 126 to take his run tally for the campaign to 776 – a figure only bettered by Durham batsman David Bedingham (787).

He received support throughout the day from the middle to lower order as Worcestershire totalled 336 all out after resuming on 99-3.

But the home side were only able to set a modest 87 target and Cameron Bancroft (46 not out) and Michael Jones (34 not out) saw them home without being parted in the final over of the day.

Durham’s third win keeps them in contention for a top two spot when they resume Championship action in early July.

They have a potent attack, even in the absence of England’s Mark Wood, spearheaded by Chris Rushworth, Brydon Carse and Ben Raine.

But Matthew Potts also stepped up to the mark in his second appearance of the campaign with match figures of 36.3-10-98-8.

Worcestershire’s hopes ended with this third defeat in the last four games after drawing the first five fixtures. 

They were playing catch-up after being bowled out for 131 on the opening day thanks to a mixture of excellent bowling and poor shot selection before

Bedingham and Michael Jones pressed home the advantage for Durham with the bat.

Rushworth made the first breakthrough of the day when nightwatchman Josh Tongue was lbw for 15.

Raine struck in his first over with Ross Whiteley on four driving at a delivery slanted across him and edging to Cameron Bancroft at first slip.

Brett D’Oliveira, who had top-scored with an unbeaten 39 in Worcestershire’s first innings, looked in good form.

He straight drove Potts for four and clipped Raine through mid-wicket for another boundary.

Libby had a let-off on 75 when keeper Ned Eckersley failed to hold onto a chance off Rushworth.

But otherwise he and D’Oliveira played with freedom and the century stand came up immediately after lunch from 147 balls.

Carse bowled a testing post lunch spell to Libby who was caught at first slip off a no ball on 96.

But he went to his hundred – from 180 balls – with his 14th four.

D’Oliveira, after making an accomplished 46, was bowled by Potts from a delivery which kept low to end a 106 partnership with Libby.

Libby struck three successive boundaries off Potts but his fine knock ended on 126 when he gave spinner Scott Borthwick the charge and was stumped. His 210-ball knock contained 18 fours.

Cox made 26 before he was caught at second slip off Raine and Club Captain Joe Leach, with 19, top edged Potts and was caught behind.

Barnard was left unbeaten on 34 after last man Dillon Pennington (5) edged Carse to second slip.

 


Yorkshire v Sussex

Yorkshire 558 all out

Sussex 313 all out

Second innings38 - for0 wickets(23.0overs)

Close - Sussex trail Yorkshire by 207 runs with 10 wickets remaining

 

Dawid Malan’s fabulous 199 put Yorkshire on course for a crucial LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Sussex at Emerald Headingley.

England’s Malan proved his worth as far more than a T20 specialist as the White Rose responded strongly to Sussex’s first-innings 313 on a true pitch.

They were bowled out for 558 after tea on day three, a lead of 245, before Sussex closed on 38 without loss from 23 overs in their second innings.

Malan was bowled by Irish off-spinner Jack Carson one run short of becoming Yorkshire’s first player to post double hundreds in two consecutive first-class innings having scored 219 in the Bob Willis Trophy last August.

Yorkshire started the day on 292 for two, trailing by 41, and they lost two wickets in each of the first two sessions and four after tea on the way to their highest total in five years.

Malan and Gary Ballance added only three to their overnight 177 third-wicket partnership - the latter caught behind off Jack Carson’s off-spin for 77.

Malan and Harry Brook then shared a high tempo 99, including 49 for Brook before he was caught behind down leg off the impressive seam of Jamie Atkins, who finished with a career best five for 98 from 26 overs.

That left Yorkshire at 374 for four, a lead of 161.

Dom Bess fell to Stuart Meaker shortly after lunch and Malan, having hit 22 fours and two sixes in 289 balls, fell for 199 for the second time in his career when Carson uprooted his off stump - 459 for six, a lead of 146.

The left-hander drove handsomely and deflected and guided serenely before being bowled by a turning delivery from highly rated Carson.

Nineteen-year-old wicketkeeper Harry Duke’s 54 - his second career fifty in his third Championship appearance - was supplemented by Jordan Thompson’s 42 as they took the home lead close to 250.

There was late cheer for Sussex seamer Atkins, also aged 19, as four of his wickets were taken on day three.

He claimed three of Yorkshire’s last four. He trapped Duke lbw, had Thompson caught at mid-off and bowled Ben Coad to wrap up the innings and begin Sussex’s bid for a draw.

A Yorkshire win would leave them four points behind Group Three leaders Lancashire following their defeat at Glamorgan.

But Sussex debutant Ali Orr and Tom Haines dug in impressively before close with 23 and 12 respectively.

Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan said:  “Everything they told me about Headingley being green and seaming around hasn’t happened, thankfully. The wicket played slow, and it was nice to cash in.

“It’s the first time they’ve seen the sun up here. It’s a totally different game here when it’s not cloudy.

“There’s hardly been any movement. Hopefully it breaks up a bit tomorrow and Dom (Bess) can show what a quality spinner he is and put us in a position to win the game.

“It’s not turning by any imagination, but for him to come here and have to work batsmen out and find a way to win a game, it’s a fantastic situation for him to be in.”

 

Sussex bowler Jamie Atkins said: “It was great to be out with the boys all day. I thought we stuck at it really well, and I was delighted to pick up five at the end.

“When Malan was past a hundred, it was almost like, ‘Where do I bowl to him?’

“We were trying to get him off strike for large parts of their innings. He’s a top quality batsman, and it’s a privilege to bowl to someone like him and Gary Ballance, players you grew up watching on TV.

“Tom and Ali were brilliant. It just takes so much pressure off everyone else that they’re still at the crease.”



Somerset vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Somerset 360 all out and 323 - 6 (85.0overs)

Hampshire 311 all out

Close - Somerset lead Hampshire by 372 runs with 4 wickets remaining

 

Tom Abell fell two short of a century as Somerset built a commanding lead on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Hampshire at Taunton.

Having bowled out their opponents for 311 from an overnight 285 for seven, Josh Davey finishing with five for 78, the home side rammed home their 49-run first innings lead by posting 323 for six. 

Skipper Abell led from the front, striking 15 fours in his 155-ball innings, well supported by Steve Davies 82, George Bartlett 74 not out and Lewis Goldsworthy 36.

Off-spinner Felix Organ was the most successful Hampshire bowler with three for 115, but his side face a tricky last day, trailing by 372.

Play began with the visitors eager to close in on Somerset’s first innings total of 360 and Lewis McManus unbeaten on 91. 

His hopes of a century were dashed in the opening over when edging the first ball he received from Davey to Abell at third slip.

Organ followed in the next over for 26, lbw to Lewis Gregory, and it took a last-wicket stand of 19 between Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal to earn Hampshire a third batting point.

Somerset suffered an early setback when looking to build on their advantage as Eddie Byrom was caught behind off Abbott.

But when Organ spilled a straightforward chance at fine leg, offered by Davies off Keith Barker, Hampshire were unable to build of their initial breakthrough.

Davies and Abell took the total to 59 at lunch and both flourished in the afternoon session.

The experienced Davies justified his promotion to opener with 9 fours in his half-century and the hundred partnership was brought up off just 131 balls.

Abell produced some classic cover drives in moving to fifty off 71 balls, also with nine boundaries, and it came as a surprise when Organ broke the stand of 139 with the score on 152.

Davies had just connected sweetly with a swept four when trying to repeat the shot and falling lbw, having faced 97 balls and extended his boundary count to 13 fours and a six.

James Hildreth could contribute only 13 before chipping a return catch to Organ, who struck again just before tea.

Abell had progressed stylishly towards what was looking an inevitable hundred when bowled off an inside edge.

At the interval, Somerset were 208 for four. The final session saw 23-year-old Bartlett and Goldsworthy, who is just 20, display their burgeoning talents.

Bartlett timed the ball sweetly from the start and hit 6 fours and a six in an attractive 71-ball half-century.

The diminutive Goldsworthy lost little by comparison and, while he and nightwatchman Davey fell at the end of the day, the fifth-wicket stand of 108 strengthened Somerset’s grip.

 

Somerset opener Steve Davies said: "I managed to get some runs in the first innings, despite a few inside edges, but felt much better when batting today. It has been a good game for me moving up the order, but whether I will continue to open I don't know.

"I am not sure what the plan is for tomorrow, but we will probably bat on for a bit because the pitch is pretty flat. Maybe we can apply some scoreboard pressure, which should help, and at the moment we are in total control."

 

Hampshire off-spinner Felix Organ said: "I was gutted when I dropped Davies and even more so when he started to hammer me around the park, so I was ecstatic to get him out.

"I felt I bowled well for spells and then not so well, but managed to pick up some important wickets. It was another challenging day for us because they batted really well, but there isn't a lot in the pitch for the seamers and Somerset don't have an off-spinner to exploit any rough, so we can look to bat long tomorrow."



Leicestershire v Gloucestershire

Leicestershire 451 all out

Gloucestershire 158 all out and 200 all out

Result - Leicestershire win by an innings and 93 runs

 

Leicestershire crushed group leaders Gloucestershire by an innings and 93 runs as a one-sided LV=Insurance County Championship ended before tea on the third day with Gloucestershire bowled out for 200 following on.

Five for one overnight, they slipped to 31 for five inside the first hour before Ian Cockbain and Jonny Tattersall held up the home side in a defiant stand that lasted two hours and 20 minutes, both making half-centuries in adding 119.

But man-of-the-match Callum Parkinson eventually dismissed both in quick succession, Gloucestershire losing their last five wickets for 50 as left-arm spinner finished with five for 63 for career-best match figures of 10 for 108.

Gloucestershire won four of their first five Group Two matches but have now suffered back-to-back defeats, each by an innings, having been beaten by Surrey in the last round.

The Foxes, who failed to win any of their first six matches but chased down 378 in the fourth innings to beat Middlesex last Sunday, recorded consecutive victories in first-class games for the first time since 2018 and the first back-to-back wins in home matches since 2006.

Leicestershire sensed they could finish the job rapidly as they took four wickets in the first 52 minutes of the day after Gloucestershire resumed, needing to reach 293 just to make the home side bat again.

Chris Wright, getting movement off the seam, had Miles Hammond caught at first slip and Tom Lace behind the stumps in consecutive overs.

Parkinson picked up his first of the day when Glenn Phillips, who had been much more watchful than in the first innings, stepped across his stumps in trying to work to leg and was given out leg before, making his unhappiness with the decision obvious to umpire Nick Cook.

Ryan Higgins fell to an unwise slog-sweep to his second that saw him caught at mid-wicket, but Cockbain and Tattersall frustrated Leicestershire until midway through the afternoon session, both hitting seven fours.

Tattersall played well against the spin but eventually edged a slightly wide ball from Parkinson to Colin Ackermann at first slip, and soon afterwards Cockbain reached to defend one outside off stump, falling to a smart, one-handed catch to his left by Ackermann at second slip as Parkinson completed his second five-for in the match.

With his off spin, Ackermann then bowled David Payne and had Tom Smith leg before and, after a brief flourish of big hitting by Dan Worrall and Josh Shaw, bowled Worrall to finish the job.

Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann said:

“A lot of credit has to go to Callum Parkinson, who looked like he could take a wicket with every ball he bowled.

“He is one of the hardest working guys in the squad. We know what he can do in the T20 format where he has been one of the key bowlers for us. He has worked hard at his red-ball game but missed out on getting the five-fors, so I’m really pleased for him.

“Batters set up a game and bowlers win you games and that is what happened. The innings by Marcus Harris enabled us to post 450 which was exactly what we needed with the weather forecast good and the pitch expected to turn.

“We had a couple of draws in the first few fixtures and the weather intervened in another couple so we struggled to get any momentum in the competition, but the game against Middlesex gave us confidence going into this fixture and we’re extremely pleased with the result.”

Gloucestershire batsman Ian Cockbain, who top-scored with 59 in Gloucestershire’s second innings, said:

“They bowled extremely well on a pitch that was favourable for everybody and they probably applied themselves a bit better with the bat and that’s where we came unstuck.

“It was a pitch that was difficult to get started on because it was spinning but if you can get through the first 10 or 20 balls it becomes easier. When they batted, Harris and Ackermann showed that if you batted time and stuck to your guns things got easier and you were able to score runs.

“Of where we are in the competition, after a couple of losses back to back it doesn’t really feel like it, but if someone had said at the start of the season that we would be where we are going into Cheltenham we probably would have taken it. We are still in a good position.”

 

Derbyshire v Warwickshire

 

Derbyshire 121 all out and 117 all out

Warwickshire 274 all out and 155 all out

Result - Warwickshire win by 191 runs

 

 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby bowled Warwickshire to a crushing 191 run victory as Derbyshire’s batting folded again in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

Faced with a target of 309, Derbyshire crumbled for the second time in the match and were bowled out for 117 before tea on the third afternoon with Hannon-Dalby claiming 4 for 24.

The home side had a chance when they bowled Warwickshire out for 155 with Michael Cohen taking 5 for 43 but a post lunch collapse condemned them to a fourth defeat of the season.

Warwickshire’s fourth victory takes them to the top of Group 1 and boosts their chances of qualifying for Division One with two games to play.

Derbyshire have yet to win a match but they were in with a slim chance of ending that run when they took the last three Warwickshire’s wickets for only 23.

Cohen and Sam Conners both got lavish swing to restrict Warwickshire’s lead to 308 but their hopes quickly faded as Hannon-Dalby removed both openers in the first five overs.

Billy Godleman edged a good delivery to first slip where Tim Bresnan took a sharp catch and Luis Reece was caught down the leg side trying to pull.

Craig Miles delivered another body blow with the last ball before lunch when Brook Guest was caught behind off an inside edge.

Wayne Madsen and Ben McDermott briefly lifted the spirits of the home supporters before the wheels came off again with four wickets falling for eight runs in five overs.

Will Rhodes brought himself on at the Racecourse End and was immediately rewarded when Madsen gave him a return catch off a leading edge and in the nex over, Hannon-Dalby returned to pin Matt Critchley lbw.

McDermott went in his next over when he pushed forward and edged low to third slip and Alex Hughes was beaten by a full, swinging delivery from Rhodes.

Warwickshire turned to the left-arm spin of Danny Briggs for the first time in the match and he struck with his third ball when Cohen pushed forward and was stumped.

Anuj Dal drove and cut Liam Norwell for two fours before he edged to third slip and a 21 point victory was sealed when Ben Aitchison skied Briggs to mid off.

 

Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes said: "It was a tricky pitch and when we got inserted we didn't know how the game was going to play out so to get 270 has won us the game.

"We knew on that wicket our attack would bowl any team out twice so we just needed to get enough runs and give ourselves a chance. To play the way we did and with the ball today we were fantastic so it's a pretty perfect result really." 

Derbyshire fast bowler Michael Cohen said: "First-class cricket is really tough in general and it has been difficult for the side for the last few weeks. We've just tried to do our best every time but the guys are knackered.

"We've given our all every time and that's the nature of cricket , sometimes it doesn't work out but the guys train hard and it will come off at some point and I'm really hoping it's soon."

 

Glamorgan v Lancashire


Glamorgan 150 all out and 188 - 4

Lancashire 173 all out and 164 all out

Result - Glamorgan win by 6 wickets

 

Lancashire suffered their first defeat of the 2021 LV=Insurance County Championship season as Glamorgan wrapped up a six wicket victory on the third morning in Cardiff.

While wickets had tumbled on the first two days of this match just one fell on the third as an undefeated fifty from Marnus Labuschagne guided Glamorgan to what ended up being a straightforward win.

Despite this loss Lancashire remain top of Group 3 of the County Championship but Yorkshire have the chance to close that gap in their ongoing game against Sussex.

This win takes Glamorgan to 99 points to move about Northamptonshire into third place, albeit temporarily.

Kiran Carlson was the only wicket to fall when he attempted a pull shot off Luke Wood that he top edged high in the air. Any number of fielders could have claimed the catch but it was Dane Vilas who took the chance.

Having struggled in his first four matches of this season Marnus Labuschagne finished on 63 not out. Having made 44 in the first innings he was the highest scoring batsman in this match and Glamorgan will be pleased to see their high-profile overseas player finding form. 

It was not easy going for Glamorgan in the opening overs with the Lancashire bowlers regularly funding the edge of the bat but with such a small total to defend there was rarely a catching fielder to take advantage and when there was the ball didn’t carry.  

Lancashire continued to search for wickets, even trying Tom Bailey bowling off spin in the hope finding a breakthrough which would not come.

Labuschagne hit the winning runs as Glamorgan needed just 68 minutes to knock off the required target on the third day.

Glenn Chapple, Lancashire CCC coach

It has been a difficult game. Came off a good win last week. I think the boys have put all the effort in again. We lost the toss which meant for a difficult first session. I think that had a bearing on the game, it was a tough toss to lose. The pitch was difficult to play on. It was difficult for the batsman to get in on and ultimately we have come up short.

I think from our perspective we move on now. We’ve had a really good start to the year. Glamorgan are a good side, they have made two fantastic overseas signings which has really strengthened them and they are difficult side to play against. So, they take the credit for this and they take the win. From our perspective we know we could do things differently but that’s experience. We don’t often play on difficult pitches like this at Old Trafford so, you know, it is one of those challenges.

 

Marnus Labuschagne, Glamorgan CCC

I think the guys yesterday did some hard work and got us into a position when the ball is a bit harder it seemed like scoring was a little bit freer, and then this morning it was key for us not to lose back-to-back wickets. I think losing one was alright, but we needed to make sure that we consolidated and built a partnership. We were only two 20 to 30 run partnerships away from winning. It was nice to be out there for the winning runs. 

We felt like we probably underperformed in that first innings, we had a few soft dismissals and I think on the back of that they just got back-to-back wickets and I felt like we probably should have got around 200, was probably an appropriate score for our first innings, but to do it the fourth innings when the ball has gone reverse, which is exciting to play against because it is something we don’t get much of in Australia in domestic cricket, to get through that period and to build a partnership with Chris Cooke to get to the end was very satisfying.

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